April Favourites

The end of April already – how time flies!  I have found myself saying that so much already this year but it’s true, it seems to be flying by.  Anyone else feel the same?  We are already a third of the way through 2018, that’s crazy!  Anyway, I didn’t get round to doing a favourites post last month but this month I have lots to share with you so enjoy.

The Client List
the client list

I started watching this last month on Netflix and am loving it, I have about half of season two to go now.  It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt who I think is great, and tells her story of being abandoned by her husband and starting a new job as a masseuse at a place she soon finds out offers extras – and she really needs the money!  Lots of laughs, heartbreak and the anticipation of someone finding out what’s going on keeps you on your toes with this one, definitely recommend it!

Gold Rush

gold rush

My family all watch this show and I never really got into it – until Ste started me watching it!  Now I love it and have found the recent spin off following Parker and crew into the jungle really interesting too.  Even the boys have started watching it too, their little eyes light up when they see them measuring the gold at the end of the episodes!  I don’t watch a huge amount of TV and things I do watch, I mainly record and catch up when I can.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion


I have heard so much about this and decided last month to pop in and give it a try.  One of the lovely staff members (they all seem like the happiest people on Earth in there and are so friendly and helpful) asked if she could help and I told her what I was looking for.  She kindly found me a tub and explained where best to use it.  She explained it is a natural product and is designed to help aid sleep but obviously isn’t a miracle cure.  However, both me and Ste have been using it for around a month now and have found it works brilliantly!  Really helps aid relaxation at bedtime and is a good part of my night time routine.  It smells lovely and I love that the products from Lush are natural and not tested on animals.  If you struggle to wind down in the evening I would suggest giving it a try.  I put it on the pulse points of my wrist and neck and it rubs in really easily and doesn’t go greasy.

Bath Bomb by Saboa


This bath bomb came in my March The Mummy Club box and it was AMAZING!  Smelled divine, looked pretty and my skin was so soft and smooth when I got out the bath that even Ste commented on it!  Heavenly, will be ordering from these again!

Find them on Instagram – Hello Saboa



It has arrived and I couldn’t be happier to have spent my birthday week enjoying the warmer temperatures and lovely sunshine.  I am sure I have a little S.A.D. – I really do feel a whole lot better when the sun is out.


Another integral part of mine and Ste’s bedtime routine now.  It has been nice to start using more natural remedies rather than medication to aid sleep and a warm, milky Horlicks just hits the spot!

MakeUp Revolution Palette – Reloaded


I finally found the palette I have been after for the last two or three months and treated myself to it with some of my birthday money.  It’s only £4 which is a bargain and is full of colours I adore!  Have used it a couple of times but can’t wait to keep trying different looks.  I really love the Make Up Revolution palettes and own a few now.  I find them good quality, inexpensive and they have great variety.

Peach Coca Cola

I thought the Mango was nice…but the peach one is even better!!!  I love peach flavoured pretty much anything anyway so no surprise I liked this really.  Have you tried it yet?

Dog Shampoo

I grabbed this dog shampoo as I knew we were almost out of our current bottle.  It was in one of the Aldi ‘random’ aisles and cost about £3 from memory.  We have only used it once so far, but it left Knox’s coat really smooth and shiny and smelled amazing.  This lasted a lot longer than the one we were using before too and his skin has been great with it.  Definitely keeping my eye out for it to appear again and will grab a few bottles to keep us stocked up.


This isn’t a new favourite for the month but we have played it a lot this month (Easter Holidays and all that) and we just love it!  We have Uno championships pretty much daily and whoever wins five games first is crowned Uno champion for the day.  It is a really simple game that even young children can enjoy (there is a Junior version too) and just lots of fun.  Some of the kid’s board games can get a bit boring, even when they love them, but this one always keeps us all entertained.

Chicken Korma Pot Noodle

Wow!  Pot Noodle have bought a few new flavours out but this one has to be the best ever!  Absolutely delicious and even Ste agrees!  I have also tried the Sausage Casserole one which is nice but nothing to rave about and have a BBQ Pulled Pork one in the cupboard to try so will let you know how that goes.

Horrible Histories Colouring Book


I have loved the Horrible Histories books since being a child and now as an adult I love a good colouring book.  Finding the two combined in The Works made me slightly excited and I had to grab a copy.  I find colouring really therapeutic and a great non-screen time hobby

My Birthday

I did it, this month I turned 32.  I had an absolutely fab day.  Two friends came to stay and the four of us went for a prosecco breakfast.  Ste wasn’t feeling well at all but managed to make it out with us.  We then chilled at home in the garden in the beautiful sunshine before going to meet up with my family in the pub for an evening of drinks and laughs.  Was really relaxed, fun and I was thoroughly spoilt.  Thankyou for all the lovely messages I received, they all meant so much.

I am going to leave it there as could go on all day, especially as it has been two months since I last did a favourites post.  I hope you liked and will try some of my suggestions.  Please let me know what you have loved this month in the comments below

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Five Friday Favourites

Friday is here again already, this last week has gone really quickly!  I think spending much of it not well hasn’t helped though, and whenever I have the boys time just flies far too fast!

I hope you are all enjoying half term and having lots of Halloween fun!  I have five fab favourites to share with you this week and I am really excited for these, as I am loving them!

First up is my new primer.  Elf have finally landed in the UK and I managed to get hold of this hydrating primer in Superdrug.  My skin is dry and dehydrated so I opted for the hydrating one but there are a few different versions depending on your skin type and what you are looking for which I liked.  I can’t even begin to describe the texture of this stuff – it’s like putting a soft cloud on my face!  Not a cream or a gel but really soft and it provides the perfect base for my make up and doesn’t leave me with dry patches where my make up has sunk in.  Really, really impressed with it and will be something I will definitely be repurchasing!


Next up is the little treat I bought myself as I have been after one for a while.  This is the Tassimo Vivy 2 and I purchased mine from Argos.  I love the cream colour of it but it is available in black too.  The drinks are super easy to make as there is a little bar code on the pods you put in, so you get the perfect blend every time.  I have been loving the Costa pods and the Bailey’s Latte’s and the kids were super excited to try the Oreo hot chocolate this weekend which is super yummy.  I have already had so much use from it and if you keep an eye out, the pods are often on special offer so that is the perfect time to stock up!


I bought these new socks from Asda the other day as I needed to bulk up my collection now Autumn and boot season has officially arrived!  I loved the print on them, the super cute colours and the Autumnal feel.  They are lovely and comfy and for £5 for 5 pairs, pretty bargainous too!


I also have been trying out these juices from Asda during the last couple of weeks (you may have seen on my Instagram).  Having an ileostomy can limit the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat.  Sounds crazy I know, but my doctor positively encourages pizza, pasta and stodge!  I have definitely been feeling sluggish lately and trying to make my diet a bit healthier, especially with Winter fast approaching, so thought these would be great for a boost.  I was a little worried at first but have found that they really are super tasty.  I try and drink a glass a day and one bottle lasts three days and costs £1.50 which isn’t too bad I don’t think.  My favourite so far has been the apple, asparagus and lime one.  The beetroot, apple and blackcurrant has been the most vegetable tasting of the ones I have tried but I quite like beetroot anyway, and the apple and blackberry sweetens it enough to be enjoyable.  If you have an ileostomy like me, remember the effect beetroot will have on your output though – you are not haemorrhaging, its just beetroot colour!  I would highly recommend these if you are looking for a vitamin boost like me and there are a wide range of yummy flavours to try.

Last but not least are these two amazing pumpkins that me and the boys got from the Pumpkin Patch at Bluebell Farm (see our visit review here).  They picked great pumpkins and then helped scoop out the insides and drew what they wanted as designs and I helped cut them out.  Leo went for a traditional spooky face and decided he wanted it really sharp and jagged, Riley wanted a Batman pumpkin!  I think they look ace, especially when we put a candle inside.  Have you carved a pumpkin this year?  Share your designs in the comments below, we love to look at them!

So that’s my five this week, what have your favourites been?  I am looking forward to next week and the start of #SMSelfLoveClub and I will be sharing my five favourite Autumn candles which I have bought recently so don’t miss that.  Have a great weekend everyone!


Five Friday Favourites

Happy Friday!  I have that Friday feeling again and am excited as me and Ste have our good friend Dan visiting so we will be having lots of fun.  What do you all have planned this weekend?  Let me know in the comments below!

To start with I have three make up products (sorry fellas).  The first is the Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder. I saw a video review by Nikkia Joy of the Fit Me Loose Powder and she thought it was amazing which made me want to give it a go. It really smoothes out and leaves a great finish to the skin while helping to keep my make up in place. Check out Nikkia Joy’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/nikkiajoy to see her video.

The second new item I’ve tried is the Maybelline Brow Mascara. I’m really low maintenance with my eyebrows and don’t like the overly polished look. I normally use a pencil just to fill them in a little so thought I would give this a try for a change. I got the dark blonde shade and it is perfect. Super easy and gives me the look I like. As it’s new you have to be careful that you don’t get too much on the applicator but I’m sure once I’ve used it a few times this won’t be such an issue.

Lastly, I finally got to try the Maybelline Eraser Concealer. It took me at least ten minutes just to get in the damn thing but it was worth it! I love the soft sponge applicator and it really helps brighten my under eye area which is where I have been using it. It is definitely a product I will continue using. Currently Maybelline products are on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots so now is the time to grab them for a bargain!


My fourth item is another beauty item and it’s these amazing falsies I found in Savers. They are from a brand called GWA (Girls With Attitude) and I think they are made for teens but they suit me perfectly as they are slightly smaller (I have little fingers) and they aren’t too long. I got this design which I have now had on since Tuesday night and they are holding up really well. The fact they are so affordable makes them even more fabulous! I can’t wait to try out my other colour too which is a grey chrome effect and I will share a photo on my Instagram so you can see it (www.instagram.com/thespooniemummy)


Lastly is something I’ve watched this week. Lady Gaga has recently revealed she has fibromyalgia. Her new documentary shows her making her new album and preparing to headline the SuperBowl but also reveals her health struggles becoming worse and worse prior to her diagnosis. She really seems like a lovely, genuine, beautiful lady and I admire her even more after watching this. Her comment about how people cope without the help she has around her, day to day, with problems like she was suffering with, came across as humble and genuine. It is available now to watch on Netflix and well worth the watch.


So that’s this week’s five! I’m super pleased with them all and hope you like them too if you choose to try them out. Let me know in the comments what you think of these, or if you have any other favourites from this week?

Burnished Chaos

Five Friday Favourites

So it’s Friday again…already! This week seems to have gone by in a bit of a blur for me! How has it been for you?

Anyway, let’s get started with my first favourite. This week I’ve given these new razors I picked up from Asda a try and I had to include them as I managed to shave my legs without cutting myself once. They are wonderful! I struggle to reach the bottom of my legs due to the arthritis and my mum describes my shaving methods as a hack job which is probably about right. But these did an excellent job and left my skin in good condition too, so I was super impressed. At only around £3 or £4 for the pack aswell the price was excellent. After shaving I like to put on some of my ‘The Body Shop’ Coconut Body Butter which leaves my skin hydrated and smelling amazing.


My next favourite is our gorgeous new bedding set which we picked up a couple of weeks ago from Aldi for just £7.50. I think it is super pretty and just need to get some lilac or turquoise plain pillowcases as the cream don’t really go but it’s the best we had. I love the print and the little button detailing and the colours go in the bedroom perfectly. A great little bargain, Aldi really does have some amazing bits!

This week I popped into Primark and managed to grab a few sale bits which I was super impressed with aswell as two pieces which I absolutely LOVE. A maroon cord skirt which just screams Autumn to me and with a pair of black tights will be fab. I also picked up a grey, velvet, dungaree style dress which is amazing! I will be sure to get some photos of me in them for ‘Dressing With An Ostomy’ so be sure to keep an eye on my Facebook and Pinterest!

Anyone who knows me know I have a very sweet tooth and I’m particularly partial to Jelly Babies. Spotted these the other day – Tropical flavour – and decided to give them a whirl. Very delicious and I recommend a try! What are your favourite sweets?


Last but not least, if you follow me on my other social media accounts you will have seen, but yesterday I went and got my second tattoo and I love it! My Grandma is very poorly at the moment which is just awful. I wanted to show her how very much she means to me and that she will always be with me, even when the dreaded time comes when she is not. My Mum and Aunty got matching ones (with Mum rather than Grandma) and I like that we have something special between us all.


So that’s my five, what are you favourite things from the week? Do you have any tattoos? I’ve already planned my next one, just have to save the pennies now so I can get booked in! Let me know in the comments below and otherwise, have a fab weekend!

Five Friday Favourites

It’s Friday and I’m back! Not quite with a bang but I’m here and doing okay. Not really ready to share my favourite things from the week yet as I still feel like there is a big hole in my daily life but I did want to reconnect with you all so thought I would share my five favourite places to shop for the kid’s clothes. With the autumn/winter fast approaching the kids are needing their wardrobes overhauled yet again! Out go the shorts and summer dresses and in come the long sleeves and welly boots. Keeping this as affordable as possible is important for me as a single mum, but I still want them to look nice. Luckily, the High Street and supermarkets have some great options and in recent years have really upped their game with regards to children’s fashion.

First up is the ever amazing Primark. I’m not sure I know anyone who doesn’t love a browse in here, for their kids, themselves or their homeware. During the last year or so it has become a favourite of mine to grab a gorgeous home bargain in. Their children’s clothes range is vast, extremely affordable and, especially recently, has become right on trend. I picked up some great Summer bits this year for both the boys and for Layla. They are also great for the little bits like underwear, socks and the pump style shoes the boys like to pop on to play in in the garden, or for a quick outing to the shop or park. The older boys range I was particularly impressed with this year and I got Leo some really cool t-shirts and shorts. Their wasn’t a massive selection in my local Primark for his age but what they did have was really good and I managed to kit him out quite happily in time for our holiday. The girls section always seems to have more than the boys which I feel needs addressing but otherwise Primark is always right on point for me.


Next up is a relatively new addition to the High Street. Pep & Co opened a stand alone shop in Derby but has recently started popping up in Poundland stores across the country. Their clothes are affordable and look good. I’ve also got some great pyjamas for the boys from here recently. The range isn’t massive but I’m hoping as they become more established this will expand. The sizes can also be a bit hit and miss. Clothes wise I tend to go a little bigger than needed and the shoes I often need to get a size smaller. I would definitely suggest having your child with you if you are getting them some shoes from there if you haven’t before. They have a great range of simple printed t-shirts for children which are super cheap and ideal for Summer or for nursery if you want to send your children in clothes that you don’t mind being covered in paint and mud. They also have a fab, cheap school range with polo shirts for just £1. At that price you could afford to replace them every term and they were not overly thin like some cheaper ones I have seen. The school trousers were only £2.50 and they had checked school dresses for £3. Definitely worth a try I think! Looking forward to seeing what happens with them in the coming year as have definitely made a good impression so far!


As I said, the supermarkets have also really upped their game regarding children’s clothing and I wanted to give Asda a huge nod for this. Me and Ste went in yesterday and I could have spent a fortune on all the children with their new Autumn lines being released. The clothes were cute, seasonal and really on trend. I especially loved the light pink/maroon/purple colours dominating one of the girls ranges and couldn’t resist grabbing Layla a couple of outfits. We have struggled to get her any shoes with hard soles as her feet are only a diddy size 3 but I managed to grab a pair for her as they have a really wide range of shoes in all sizes. They also have a really great range of winter coats that are reasonably priced. I have also managed to buy the boys some great jeans in Asda this year, from the basics to some more on trend designs that were still very reasonably priced.  I used to find Asda a little bit hit and miss for clothes but have been really impressed this year.


Next is a little more expensive but I couldn’t not mention it as they do have some gorgeous kids clothes. They also have really great sales on which is when I tend to go in and grab my bargains. I always find going into the shop is better than trying to sale shop on their website, as when I go to purchase most things come up as sold out in my basket! They have a really good range of formal wear for little ones too, perfect for upcoming Christmas parties (oh yes, I mentioned the C word – it is September now after all!).


Finally I wanted to talk about another supermarket. The Tu range at Sainsbury’s isn’t as big as some of the other supermarkets in my opinion but their clothes are always good quality and have recently become more on trend. I would also always buy the boy’s school trousers here as they are great quality and have the adjustable waists which was perfect for my tall, skinny boys! The white cotton polo shirts would also last well, even after Riley doused them daily in everything you could imagine – paint, mud, crayon, grass etc! They also run a 25% sale every two or three months which is the perfect time to grab the school stuff. The footwear range is nice but is often limited and I struggle sometimes to find the shoes I want in the size I want. The website is very good and you can order things for delivery to you or to collect at your local store.


Hope you enjoyed my little run through. Please let me know where you like to shop for your kids clothes or what you think of my list in the comments below. And Happy Friday to all!